Weekend Wonderings

The lovely Gemma C-S sent us this poem.  And….sigh.  We have a new crush.  Enter, Mark Grist.

Text below.  Happy weekend, lovely readers.

I WANT A GIRL WHO READS

 

“So, what do you go for in a girl?”
He crows, lifting a lager to his lips
Gestures where his mate sits
Downs his glass
“He prefers tits
I prefer ass.
What do you go for in a girl?”

I don’t feel comfortable
The air left the room a long time ago
All eyes are on me
Well, if you must know

I want a girl who reads
Yeah. Reads.
I’m not trying to call you a chauvinist
Cos I know you’re not alone in this
but…

I want a girl who reads
Who needs the written word
& uses the added vocabulary
She gleans from novels and poetry
To hold lively conversation
In a range of social situations

I want a girl who reads
Who’s heart bleeds at the words of Graham Greene
Or even Heat magazine
Who’ll tie back her hair while reading Jane Eyre
and goes cover to cover with each waterstones three for two offer
but I want a girl who doesn’t stop there

I want a girl who reads
Who feeds her addiction for fiction
With unusual poems and plays
That she hunts out in crooked bookshops for days and days and days
She’ll sit addicted at breakfast, soaking up the back of the cornflakes box
And the information she gets from what she reads makes her a total fox
Cos she’s interesting & unique
& her theories make me go weak at the knees

I want a girl who reads

A girl who’s eyes will analyse
The menu over dinner
Who’ll use what she learns to kick my ass in arguments
so she always ends the winner
But she’ll still be sweet and she’ll still be flirty
Cos she loves the classics and the classics are dirty
So late at night she’d always have me in a stupor
As she paraphrases the raunchier moments from the works of Jilly Cooper

See, some guys prefer asses
Some prefer tits
And I’m not saying that I don’t like those bits
But what’s more important
What supersedes
Is a girl a with passion, wit and dreams
So I’d like a girl who reads.

Categories: Weekend Wonderings
4 interesting thoughts on this

4 Comments

  1. Posted June 21, 2014 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    Adored this. Showed it to the husband and his comment ‘ha it’s just you!”

  2. Posted June 21, 2014 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    Love this!

  3. Jacquie
    Posted June 21, 2014 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    Loved it!

  4. Another Sarah
    Posted June 21, 2014 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

    I’ve seen Mark perform a couple of times and this poem always melts the ladies’ hearts. The second time I saw him I dragged a few friends along and one friend loved this poem so much that her husband considered using it as his speach at their wedding. In the end he printed and framed it for her as a gift instead. Love it!

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